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Navigating the College Search Process for Sophomores Susie Bremen Coordinator for College Counseling North Central High School December 11, 2013.

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1 Navigating the College Search Process for Sophomores Susie Bremen Coordinator for College Counseling North Central High School December 11, 2013

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3 Why Go To College? “College graduates can expect to earn an average of 70 percent more during their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. That means that during a 40-year career, the difference in earning is about $1 million!” Source: Overview.com/colleges, 2011

4 The College Search is a Process Explore the criteria for a good match  Academic Environment  Major  Location & Type of College  Admission Standards  People  Cost

5 College “To-Do” List for Sophomores & Their Parents  Academic Planning - type of diploma  Learn about NC’s college prep resources  Use online major & career exploration tools  Visit college websites for information on admission requirements, campus visits, virtual campus tours & scholarships

6 College “To-Do” List for Sophomores & Their Parents  Use summer months to learn more about careers, develop leadership, or service to community  Take the PSAT again in 11 th grade – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)

7 Targets for Sophomores  Core 40 is the minimum diploma for applying to four-year colleges  Add rigor: Watch the number of non-academic electives  Build reading & vocabulary skills

8 Targets for Sophomores  Research majors & career options  Strengthen leadership skills  Summer immersion programs: Academic, leadership, wilderness, overseas, etc.

9 Resources for Students & Parents  Guidance counselors & teachers  College & Career Fairs  College guide books  Online resources  Summer programs  Current students & recent alums

10 College Options  4-Year Colleges – Public Ball State, IN State, IU, Purdue  4-Year Colleges – Private Butler, DePauw, Hanover, Valpo  Two-Year Colleges Ivy Tech, Vincennes  Proprietary Schools

11 How 4-year Colleges Evaluate Admission Applications o Academic classes taken o Diploma track o Grades o Grade trends / Junior year emphasis o SAT or ACT scores – SEND FROM TESTING AGENCIES! o Rigor of senior schedule

12 College Major & Career Exploration  Summer shadowing  Talk to current professionals  College and career  Vocational Schools

13 Favorite Web Resources for Basic Help       / /

14 Websites with Specific Focus  – College Planning  – Athletes  – African American  – Hispanic  - Occupational Outlook  – The Common App  – Scholarships  – Financial Aid  - Indiana Financial Aid

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16 NAVIANCE Web-based College Planning System  Research possible majors and careers  Research colleges & scholarships  Get college e-newsletters from Guidance  Links to dozens of helpful websites  Track the entire college search process REQUIRES VALID ADDRESSES!

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26 Thank you for being here! Drawing for FREE Princeton Review course!


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